Kettrey 2013 Playboy

Title Information

Author: Heather Hensman Kettrey

Title: Reading Playboy for the Articles

Subtitle: The Graying of Rape Myths in Black and White Text, 1953-2003

Journal: Violence Against Women

Volume: 19

Issue: 8

Year: August 2013

Pages: 968-994

ISSN: 1077-8012 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1552-8448 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Society: Rape Myths, Representations: Press

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Author: Heather Hensman Kettrey, Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt

Abstract: »This longitudinal investigation analyzes the manner in which rape myths are conveyed through textual material published in Playboy. Results indicate that Playboy (a) portrays rape as a gender-neutral issue, ignoring patriarchal roots of sexual violence against women, and (b) promulgates ambiguous discourse, which is equally likely to endorse and refute rape myths. Interestingly, readers’ contributions are most often the source of refutations of rape myths. Overall, findings suggest that little progress has been made over time in deconstructing rape myths promulgated to men, as this particular men’s publication has consistently painted a gray picture in which refutations have remained unsuccessful in disempowering rape myths.« [Source: Violence Against Women]


  Conceptualizing Rape Myths (p. 970)
  Playboy as a Case Study (p. 971)
  The Present Study (p. 972)
  Data and Method (p. 973)
    Coding Scheme (p. 976)
  Results and Discussion (p. 978)
    RQ1: Sex of Victims (p. 979)
    RQ2: Prevalence of Rape Myths (p. 979)
    RQ3/RQ4: Endorsement/Refutation of Rape Myths and Sex of Victim (p. 980)
    RQ5: Rape Myths Across Time (p. 987)
  Conclusion (p. 989)
  Author's Note (p. 990)
  Acknowledgments (p. 990)
  Declaration of Conflicting Interests (p. 990)
  Funding (p. 990)
  References (p. 990)
  Author Biography (p. 994)

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